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Nigeria’s under-17 women’s football team the Flamingos were edged out by the Colombian U-17 side at the ongoing FIFA World Cup hosted by India.

The Bankole Olowookere tutored side gave their all but succumbed to the Colombian girls 6-5 on Penalties.

In the semifinal against Colombia, the Flamingos dominated possession but weren’t clinical in front of goal and it led to a lot of missed chances.

The first half ended without a goal and after the break, Olowokere introduced striker Opeyemi Ajakaye for the second period.

In the end, there was little ambition for both teams to score and without extra time the game proceeded to a penalty shoot-out.

Coach Olowookere introduced backup goalie Jiwuaku who showed brilliance in the penalty shootout against the United States.

Comfort Folorunsho who missed a penalty against the USA saw her spot-kick saved in sudden death.

The Colombian teenagers will play the winner of Spain versus Germany in the final on Saturday.

Flamingos have a date with either Spain or Germany in the third-place fixture to stand a chance to win a bronze medal.

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